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the challenges iraq faces after the country has yet to finalize a law dictating the use of oil profits. tension continues to rise over the oil rights in the government of baghdad and the kurdish region. this is about an hour and a half. >> thank you for the policy event of the fall semester and i would just mention in the way that advertisement we will be having our next program on october 23rd and we will get a notice but it will be on jordan. i think i put a title belt there in the crosshairs and we are very fortunate to have dr. washer who is the vice president for studies of the carnegie endowment for the national peace, for our foreign minister of jordan and a free good personal friend who will be coming as well as dr. kurt ryan who is this a sea of political science at appalachian state university and a scholar and person who's written a lot about jordan. so that should be very interesting forum. but tonight, as we gather i always express my appreciation to the exxonmobil corporation which is a founder and a dillinger and gives us a substantial contribution each year to be able to put on
hard to get this dofnlt i hope we can confirm our ambassadors to iraq and afghanistan, and the continuing resolution to fund the government for six months. republicans say this congress has been unproductive. but if republicans want to know why it's been unproductive, they should take a look in the mirror. benjamin franklin once said, "well-done is better than well-said." close quote. "well-done is better and well-said." so it is time republicans stopped talking about how much they wanted to get things done and started working with us to actually get things done. the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: yesterday dozens of republican senators came to the senate floor one after the other to register their complete frustration with the way democrats are running this place. never before -- never -- have a president and a majority party in the senate done so little to address challenges as great as the ones our nation faces right now. never. i mean, we've got a $16 trillion debt, and they haven't bothered to put together a budget in three years. they ha
of foreign service. he was an information management officer. he had served in iraq. he's a father, a father of two children, a devoted husband. we now know what happened to them. so we must continue our strong partnership with libya after the fall of qadhafi. but i call upon the new leadership, call for calm, call for tolerance, call for you're angry. there are ways to do protests and so on. you don't have to go around killing the american ambassador when our air people, our air force flew over libya and our president and our congress work to support this new government coming up. and then there's cairo. because of anger over a video -- and i don't know about this video. i don't know its content. but i do know the outcome, that our embassy in cairo was stormed. they tore down our american flag, they replaced it with another flag. but we are under the flag of the united states of america and our flag is in egypt, our flag is in egypt because we are great allies to the egyptian government and great supporters of the egyptian people as they come through the arab spring and again trying to crea
they are not arabs. if we look at iraq they are trying to shape the future of iraq are not arabs with iran and turkey. weakness in the leadership in the world from states like egypt, syria, iraq have been marginalized for one reason or another the decision making process is very slow and we have the leadership there. they are following and think they will get involved like the affairs and the middle east. al jazeera is still trying to sort out its bloody civil war met in the 1990's, so we have a sense of malaise and weakness and vulnerability, marginalization. and here comes the islamists who are absolutely excellent at the marginalization on the part of the u.s. in particular. in his political and not religious because the islamists now, the extremists are trying to back up the frenzy of these alienated youth and other alienated. he is allowing this to take place to the criticism from the extreme islamists and allowing against the americans so they wouldn't focus on the injustices taking place and unemployment, problems with the minorities, egypt, securities has tremendous problems. hundreds of peop
's a different type of battle. the unemployment rate among veterans returning from iraq and afghanistan was just under 11% in august. it's higher for those who are younger, and this problem is likely to continue to grow as we draw down in afghanistan, just like we've already drawn down in iraq. it's worth noting that there have been steps made in the right direction. this past summer we passed legislation that'll help veterans get federal occupational licenses when their military training matches the civilian requirements. that was a bill that i had the privilege of sponsoring. it passed the senate unanimous unanimously. it was passed by the house overwhelmingly. it was sent down, and it was signed into law. and last year we passed a bill granting tax benefits to companies that hire wounded warriors, but we have to do more. so we filed this legislation that the chairman of the committee, senator murray, will further explain, and this legislation is to create a veterans' job corps. it's modeled after the civilian conservation corps of the 1930's. the veterans' job corps would put veterans back to
political and most intimate and valuable books to come out of the iraq war by "the new york times" dwight garner. it's just out in paperback. her coverage of the cultural politics of the middle east and the new york times, the "washington post," "saveur," in the nation has been recognized, and included in the best food writing series. welcome, annia. [applause] >> to the left of annia is amanda, the cofounder of food 52.com and author of the essential new times cookbook for which she won an award. a longtime staffer for the new york times, she has authored, edited and contributed to many books including the memory come and cooking for mr. latte. she left the times and 2011 to pursue food 52. welcome, amanda. [applause] >> next we have james oseland. james is editor in chief of "saveur" and was a judge on the first two seasons of bravo's top chef master to his 2006 book on the cuisines and culture of south east asia was recognized by the chains spirit award and the international association of culinary professionals and he has lectured widely. is also an editor at the sassy magazine. i lov
policy in dealing with iraq and afghanistan? if you're not satisfied, what do you think president obama and his advisors should consider in the way of changes? dine: i am not satisfied. as a libertarian i seek a world at peace with other nations. i believe, i look to thomas jefferson's quote for inspiration on foreign policy. peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations ending tangling alliances with none. i think america should stop acting a the world's policeman and take care of our orders and secure our country first. i do believe in a strong national defense but the optimism word is defense, not offense. we don't have the machine any to continue the wars. we're wasting over a trillion since 2001 on just on bombs. i think our money could be more wisely spent here at home. >> moderator: todd akin. akin: it is important to have a tore run policy to start with. you have to so have basic principles and guidelines and perspectives where you want to go as a president in terms of foreign policy. that needs to include iraq. it needs to include afghanistan. it needs to include a who
the war in iraq, and i did. [cheers and applause] i said we'd wind down the war in afghanistan, and we are. [cheers and applause] a new tower is rising over the new york skyline, al qaeda is on the path to defeat, and osama bin laden is dead. [cheers and applause] now, as we saw last week -- >> u.s.a. >> u.s.a. >> u.s.a. >> u.s.a. >> u.s.a. >> u.s.a. >> now, as we saw last week, we've still got threats out there. we saw the attack on our consulate, and we will bring those murderers to justice. [applause] and that's what as long as i am commander in chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. [applause] and when our troops come home, and they take off their uniform, we will serve them as well as they have served us because if you served our military -- [applause] a few protected our people, if you fought for our freedom, you shouldn't have to fight for a job when you come home. [applause] mitt romney, he thinks that it was tragic for us to end the war in iraq. he doesn't have a plan to end the war in afghanistan. i have, and i will. and i'll use the money we are
for romney. we are moving into iraq was a parliamentary system. i think that by voters as well as by legislators and the way they behave. i think it is very likely whichever candidate wins the presidency of in virginia that party will win the senate race. >> tested the obvious to all one thing when you're looking at the affluent voters in northern virginia-based, many are connected to the boom in public spending, and i think that is also something that's a pure perception of the two candid it's. >> it is -- the numbers are very close to nationally which different. it is a little better. not college whites are a little worse, so you have this enormous gap. i think it goes back to the point where in states where a lot of the blue-collar whites are often evangelicals, obama is a specialist. >> a view on the succession cost? >> i'd be interested. certainly a lot of very strong candidates. the really interesting question, the democratic primary. not as intensely disliked by a kind of less of what republican than commonly understood. someone with a very distinctive political identity
-- at the height -- of the iraq war. in fact, even after the automatic cuts, the united states will still count for 40% of all military spending in the world. 40% of all the military spending is by our country. i promise you, we're going to make sure that america keeps the strongest defense in the world. but as a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, one of the most sobering moments i've had in this body, i'm sitting on the armed services committee and i had been learning like you and everybody else, madam president, about the dangers we face around the world and the threat to the uplgs. the question -- threat to the united states of america. the question was asked to admiral mike mullen, what is the greatest threat america faces. he didn't hesitate, didn't waiver. i'm thinking i'm going to hear about the problems we have, iraq, afghanistan and on and on. he said the debt of this nation is the greatest threat we face as america. he wasn't worried about another military might. he wasn't worried about another terrorist attack. he was worried about us coming apart from within. that was per
help, because they are coming back from iraq and afghanistan and they can't find work, and until we come out of the recession and the recovery is under way but veterans have a higher percent of unemployment and especially veterans under age 24 have an even higher percentage of unemployed, and so what we have here is a piece of legislation to give an unemployment cushion for veterans for at least a year until they can find employment in the private sector, and this is employment to do things that we need since so many of our national resources such as parks, such as emergency responders, such as firefighters, such as police need help. look at all the unfunded things that are deteriorating in the national parks. this would be an opportunity to employ those veterans and employ them up to a year. everybody knows that this makes common sense and it's the right thing to do, and what's happening is the folks on that side of the aisle because we are in an election and because this happened to be a proposal coming out of the white house and is brought to the floor by this senator from florid
in iraq or afghanistan. i wanted evidence he believed that we were at war with the groups that attacked us on september 11th. .. he would use law enforcement authorities but he would not limit himself just to law enforcement authorities. he would actually use his authority sounds commander-in-chief to wage war against a foreign enemy. i'm sure you all remember in 2009 after just a few weeks in office president obama was awarded the nobel peace prize. by and large i thought it was awarded because he wasn't president bush and the europeans wanted to confirm that fact. [laughter] do we recall his acceptance speech in scandinavia? do you recall the scene? i do. i watched carefully. you have the president at the podium here and he's reading his speech, and the camera shot is coming from here, okay? so we are seeing kind of the back of the president, and then you are seeing the nobel committee and ought of the dignitaries that have been inflated. and it's a remarkable scene. i've actually tested this on the other folks who remember the way that we do so it's not just me wishing the circumstance.
. and with the ending of the wash- and with the ending of the war in iraq and the winding down of our presence in afghanistan, 200,000 of our service members are transitioning to the civilian workforce every year. in july of 2011, there were 232,000 post-9/11 era veterans unemployed. that is 12.4% as an unemployment rate. the august jobs report of this year showed that the most recent unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans is 10.9%. and for connecticut, that's just under 10%. there are many more statistics that show that unemployment rates for these young veterans, particularly for our enlisted men and women coming back from iraq and afghanistan, are hiring -- some would estimate double the average pop reagan -- popule across the country. and they are a commitment of our obligation unfulfilled so far by the greatest nation in the history of the world. and too often in our history we have failed to keep faith and we have left veterans behind. i have advocated measures in health care and counseling, training, employment opportunities, but i want to focus on one measure in particular where all
their passion for that issue and we went to war on very much the same way in iran -- iraq and afghanistan but now we do it with less than 1% of the population and boomers who began their political lives by demonstrating against the war have not, they have kind of been absent without leave, if you will during the course of any debate about these wars. >> host: from "boom", tom brokaw writes, environment, steady gains for african-americans and other minorities as a result of the civil rights movement, ever-expanding opportunities for women in the economy, the entrepreneural spirit of the young, the freedom to step out of the closet, chance to escape a world of button-down collars and panty gird dills all of that came from the '60s. to follow up on that caller, from daniel. my father and his friends tell me our generation messed things up. what are the baby boomers most significant errors and how do you hope the next generation is different? >> guest: i think that their most significant errors were the errors of self-indulgence. there was a, you know, look, i wasn't a member of the boomers i
tired of the iraq war, tired of the kind of blundering that they had perceived in the bush administration and decided that both parties, there was kind of a pox on both houses. what's been very interesting -- and third way has been partnering with our own polling and focus groups for the last seven years -- is that if you look at this slide, that's the security gap. if you extend it out to the left, it gets wide and absolutely consistent going all the way back to about 1972. but you could see where it closed up in '07-08 because of the iraq war, and now it's closed up again. and the interesting thing about that is it's at zero now because we have a president who has had an enormously successful first term when it comes to national security. when we did focus groups on this with swing voters in ohio and florida earlier year, what we found was even voters disinclined to support the president, people who were planning to vote for mitt romney, could not name a single thing that they were willing to criticize president obama on when it comes to national security. they view his r
for vets of the iraq and afghanistan wars sm. an unemployment rate that high among the men and women who have served our nation is unacceptable especially when our state's unemployment rate is at 5.8%. with initiatives like those launched by private-sector companies in our state and with training programs like those created by this critical legislation, we're going to turn this situation around. that's why i'm calling on all my colleagues today to support the veterans job corps act. this important bill, which is fully paid for, goes a long way in providing our returning veterans the leg they need in transitioning to the civilian workforce. minnesota has always been a state that understands the debt we owe to the men and women who have served and sacrificed for us. i call on all of my colleagues to vote for this bill and to take a step towards fulfilling that debt. this is the least we can do for people, for our troops, for our soldiers who have fought to protect our values of freedom, democracy, and human rights. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. and i note the absence of a qu
in iraq and afghanistan now fight for jobs. the unemployment rate for those post-9/11 veterans is 10.9%. according to the bureau of labor statistics in this past august. and that's well above the national average. mr. president, that's just unacceptable. that's why every day in the united states senate i'll stand with our veterans, as i know you do and all of our colleagues 24/7. that's why one of my top priorities in the senate has been and will continue to be to make sure there are good jobs for our returning veterans. i am particularly pleased that the veterans job corps act includes provisions to provide veterans with access to the internet and computers to assist them in their job searches. this is important because as we all know, the -- today's veterans are tech savvy. i talked about establishing an internet portal for job seekers and i will be working with the secretary to make sure this provision of the act is up and running as quickly as possible. i do, however, suggest that we amend the legislation so that it is abundantly clear that the employment opportunities available
the infrastructure in places like iraq, afghanistan, haiti and other war-torn or disaster-stricken areas without improving the accessibility of the infrastructure at the same time. former president reagan frequently talked about america as a city on a hill, a shining example of the world, to the nation that ensures opportunity and freedom for all of its people. thanks to our country's success in implementing the a.d.a., advancing that law's great goals of full inclusion and full participation for all of our citizens, america indeed has become a city on a hill, a shining city on a hill for people with disabilities across the globe. by ratifying the crpd, we can affirm our leadership in this field. we can give renewed impetus to those striving to emulate us. we can give them that renewed impetus by our example, by sitting down with them if we are signatory to this. so again, i guess i have to recognize there are some senators who were not part of the bipartisan vote to support it in the foreign relations committee. i guess there are some who are not ready to support the unanimous consent motion be
to be like us, if only give them the opportunity, they won't be like us. i volunteered to go to iraq with the united states ma reap corp. out of retirement because i believed once we were in it we had to finish it. how costly that was, not just in terms of lives, but in terms of tax dollars spent. as long as i'm on this committee, if i can do one thing, it's making sure this country never goes down the road of nation building and, again i'm glad to see we're phasing out of afghanistan. on the issue of libya today, stunning the lack of coordination between the intelligence community and the state department and now that we're reacting when we could have been proactive, didn't have a marine corp. attachment on the ground, in tripoli, the embassy, pretended it was a permissive environment, which was stunning to me costing the lives of the u.s. ambassador and two of his co-workers. with that said, let me put a question out to the united states marine corp.. with our ability to respond in the region with fast teams and ops how to sequester and impact that capability? >> what we make every
. as of anything specific with regard to iraq. but that's is something we are concerned about generally. we have worked very hard with our international partners to cut off access to weapons and financing for assad, and we continue to do that. >> secretary panetta's return from his trip there and report that the chinese leaders are expressing concern over u.s. military shifts in that -- ships in the pacific. does the white house have any concern that that together with the attention that china has been getting, the presidential campaign, increasing in the tensions with the chinese to iraq. >> what i said yesterday holds true today, which is that we have a very complex, a broad relationship with china that is extremely important, and we, when we meet with the chinese at a level of the president below we engage with them on all of the issues that are part of our relationship, and that includes areas of disagreement as well as areas of "race and an agreement. we obviously have an important trade relationship and economic relationship as well as military to military relationship. we are, as the pres
with some of that. it is very difficult. why doesn't trade to its of course you trade from iraq. the border between -- [inaudible] is close to get has been closed for years. did you go to tunisia. country with oil. [inaudible] and in egypt was a very difficult country for trading. the structure, the economic structure of egypt was not very open to trade with the western world, particularly with -- [inaudible]. then with some of the neighbors. but i think that we have to do both things, to create more change, in terms of change of trade. but i would like to much to see trade among themselves. and for that, it would be very useful to help, more integrated terrain. so the barrier between them has -- [inaudible]. it's very difficult to have real mentoring development. they don't have better relations among themselves. >> regional economic integration has been something spoken of for so long. but even if we look at north africa now, we have three countries that embarked on this journey of change, others that are not, or are much less so. so what do you think, general powell, d.c. greater potenti
everything. we have two ambassadors, american ambassadors, one to iraq, one to pakistan. you would think that we should be able to get this done. we have had something that is extremely important sponsored by i think 81 senators, a containment resolution relating to iran. so, without belaboring the point, i have worked things out with senator paul. we're going to have a vote on something that he's wanted a vote on for a long time. we can do that. i explained to a few republicans earlier today, in fact some last night indicating i was working with senator paul, and i think we have done that. he has been reasonable and he's been, even though ideologically sometimes i disagree with him, i always found him somebody that you can talk to. so i would be terribly disappointed, mr. president, if this person who has been said by the republicans to be holding up everything now isn't holding up everything, and the republicans, it appears if there's an objection to this, they're just hiding behind him, because there's no reason we shouldn't be able to move forward with this legislation. mr. president
over the last 20 years, that includes 9/11, the financial crisis, the fall of lehman, included the iraq war. we now have heard from c.b.o. as well as the fed chairman bernanke who have indicated wreaked trigger a recession next year in we fail to address the if is cal cliff. yet here we're scheduled to adjourn sometime this week for nearly two months after just returning from a five-month break. when i was running for reelection in 2000, when the republicans were in the majority, we didn't adjourn until november 3, a few days before the election. i call on the majority leader to continue to have us remain in session, to lay the groundwork for the bipartisan solutions on these monumental issues. i've urged him in letter that i sent last april because it's absolutely pivotal for this country. if we had the policy and certainty of 2006, we would have 2.5 million more jobs in america today. the senate has wasted two years -- two prey new precious years h intransigence and inaction. america deserves better. mr. coburn: mr. president, the problems in front of our country are not unsolvable. o
of the afghanistan and iraq wars remains higher than for the general population, and much higher for veterans aged 18 to 24. that simply is not acceptable. we can and we must do better. so the bill that we're going to consider, the veterans job corps act of 2012, is a solid step in the right direction. we all recognize the obstacles that new veterans face in translating their military experience into civilian jobs. we know that that is the case. and in commonsense legislation will attempt to smooth this transition by connecting veterans with good-paying jobs that fit their skill sets and providing our communities with opportunities to hire veterans as firefighters, police officers to work in the public safety sector, to work in any sector. our veterans believe in themselves. they're up to any charge. they're up for any mission. i had the great privilege -- i know the presiding officer and i serve on the armed services committee; i also serve on the senate intelligence committee. as a member of those committees, i want to urge all of us to pass this bill as soon as possible. there's still time. we cou
iraq. he then became ambassador brock before returning to the u.s. embassy in baghdad. finally into does intend you were sworn in as u.s. ambassador to pakistan. i understand that after you retire you will be going to the columbia school of law and then follow that with some other academic. welcome back to the world of academia. you as representative in pakistan during changing time. your tenure was exactly not an easy one. relations between the two countries after the quite unprecedented series of crisis of 2001 in particular, the cut off of the line of supply. 2011 was, indeed, a relief for pakistan meet-u.s. relations. establishing and reasoning was, indeed, no small achievement. but moments of truth, and i suppose we are all keen to know, was this different in nature? i've told you about pakistan, the u.s., and the relationship between the two countries. or the relations ever tried to be the same? that is the? that a lot of people have in mind. how is it likely to evolve? what the challenges ahead? these are some of the challenges. i guess there will be many more in the q&a
in iraq and afghanistan, and over 2 million today who are making us proud. so as we take up this debate in terms of our future, and in particular with respect to defense, i've said many times, the thing we need to get right to ensure our military is in good shape for the future is make sure we get it right for our people and their families. that's not just a cost or a budget item. that is the strength of who we are as a military. and as a military, having fought two wars in this all-volunteer force for the first time, that we have a pretty healthy discussion about what that means coming out of these wars, even as we have 70,000 still exposed in afghanistan today. what that means for us as a country, and what that means for us as a military as we look forward to the security requirements which seem to always be there, that ill challenge us, both here at home as well as globally around the world. thank you again for the opportunity to speak to these critical issues. they touch the core of our future as a nation of greatness, and i believe that greatness can and must be sustained. and i al
madison and the war of 1812 to george w. bush and iraq. one of the centers of this book is abraham lincoln and the civil war. the thing about lincoln is that the experience of america during those years in the largeness of the man, you know, you almost might think is there anything further to be said about abraham lincoln. there always is. both because of the lessons we can take away from his life experience and his presidency, and also because new sources still turn up from time to time. coming to a place like this, as a historian, you are trying to repeat and give a real sense of what the president's experience was. in this case, abraham lincoln and the civil war. because you can come here to this house, where he spent so much time as a president, you can go into the room where he woke up in the morning. can see the sights he saw while looking outside. you can hear a lot of this sounds that are very similar to what he would've heard at the time. this is my favorite room in the house. which is the library. for a couple of reasons. one is that you really get a sense, perhaps more than some
dirty. you may remember after the innovation with iraq a lot of the stepping back and saying don't blame us. the idea was perfectly sound. it was the execution. where else is suppose god quickly. byrd explains his situation to angel with, and he senses that he's in the right place because in the lobby of the icc institute for continuing conflict, is a -- at quote by barry gold water in big gold leafleters. he thinks i have come to the right place. together they perfect this program you can call it. hay plant a rumor, byrd proposes they plant rumor the chinese are trying to assassinate the dally llama. and because he's become convinced this is the dally lay ma is the only thing americans care about in chinese. i'll read you a paragraph. and angel is skeptical. she says what are we offering by by way of evidence? who needs evidence when you have the internet? and she's still a little skeptical. we just post it on the fiancesbook page and you expect it to lead the evening news? okay. one or two dotes to be worked out. but, you know, the -- i've done the research the dally llama is the one t
to understand its uses over time in afghanistan and iraq, and so suddenly, a bigger portion of the defense pie, you know, ten years ago, pilots always were, like, well, we have to have pilots in planes. well, that's changing, and it's changing like this because the realization is you can do a lot of the changes with remotely piloted vehicles. by the way, there's a couple points to make. misuse of terms "cut," and we love to throw the word "cut" around. what we look at are projected spending. they are not actual cuts. there's cuts in there, but not near as big. they are projections of what we want to spend. that's a different animal. >> in this case, they are cuts. >> yeah. >> there's few people who recommend doing the approach they are doing. it's a pretty easy story to talk to people in your community. for those of you who report out the beltway, it's a great opportunity here. you are the few people who understand just how poorly congress is basically running the finances, and you have a chance to show it, and really what else will you talk about in october other than another romney-obama sto
that is really iraq out. >> moderator: this is not the time to raise taxes and including the gas tax. i want to give a big cheer. making it to that lead me around. well done. [applause] thank you very much for that, and we are now going to switch gears for a longer form moderate discussion where i ask the candid it's one broad question begin the dialogue going on this question, and we will see where it texas. i will jump in only if necessary to make sure we don't go too far astray in terms of the topic or in terms of the time. and the question is, the decade of the 2000's has often been called the lost decade with stagnant economy and low wage growth for the middle-class. my question is, what is the state's responsibility to the middle-class in these times? i'm going to start with you. i want to give you a minute to kind of ponder this question and then i really do encourage you to adjust face each other and talk about what responsibility, if any, the state has to help of the middle-class. go ahead. one minute. lamontagne: it is a very good question and it really underscores what has happene
to have people coming out of the battlefield of iraq and afghanistan and other places wanting to make a career out of the military, thinking they could make a career out of the military, and all of a sudden because of this sequester, they're going to walk in and get a pink slip. sorry, we don't need you anymore, good luck. now, we have plans under the cuts that are in place at the defense department to draw down the number of personnel. this would be dramatically more. where are they going to get jobs? and many of the people that would also lose their jobs in that process work for defense contractors or civilian employees of the department of defense who also are veterans. they got jobs as civilian employees in the department of defense. they will be laid off. why aren't we dealing with the sequester? senator mccain earlier today said it was a shame that we are not dealing with these issues. shame, shame, shame, senator mccain said. i think that's right. yet we have the spectacle of the majority party in this congress attacking the republicans but not liking the military because we do
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